MANILA, Philippines - A pre-entry tuberculosis screening is now a requirement for individuals in the Philippines applying for long-term visas for the United Kingdom.
“Pre-entry TB screening is only required for individuals in the Philippines who are applying for a UK visa which is longer than 6 months,” the British Embassy in Manila said in a statement posted on its website.
Individuals will be screened and obtain a certificate from an approved International Organization for Migration (IOM) Health Center in the Philippines to show that they are free of TB before they make a UK visa application.
“They will need to include the TB certificate with their visa application,” the embassy said.
The TB screening process will begin from February 28 and will apply to all individuals making applications for a UK visa longer than six months.
“Applicants who require pre-entry TB screening should contact the IOM Health Center in Manila to schedule an appointment. A P3,200 fee is payable. No appointments will be available until 28 February 2013,” said the embassy.
The pre-entry TB screening is in line with the UK Government's announcement last year that it would be extending the requirement to an additional 67 countries, including the Philippines, based on the figures for high TB incidence provided by the World Health Organization.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said last year that the pre-entry TB screening program will help save lives and likewise save taxpayers more than £40 million over 10 years.